ONE VCU Sustainability Plan draft recommendations

After two years of work, the draft recommendations have been published to the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan website. View them here.

Sustainability achievements and initiatives

STARS Gold Rating

In 2021, VCU received a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS measures sustainability achievements in academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership. 

STARS Gold seal

22 LEED certified buildings

VCU and VCU Health have 22 LEED certified buildings, an independent verification of a building’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy and cost-effective buildings.

Facade of ICA at night

Institute for Sustainability Energy and Environment

ISEE's mission is to address the existential threat of climate change by creating sustainable energy systems and sustainable ecologies, while educating students and working with community partners to meet these challenges.

Parking garage with solar panels on the top level

Alternative Transportation Program

The program is designed to reduce single-occupancy vehicles use on campus, decrease the demand for parking, and increase savings for students, employees and the environment. Highlights include RamBikes, unlimited local transportation access via GRTC and more.

Bikes in front a wall with drawings

ONE VCU Sustainability Plan

After two years of work, the draft recommendations have been published to the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan website.

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Find out about our programs serving the VCU and Richmond community and how you can get involved. Programs include the community forestry program, gardening program and the Free Store. 

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See our campus greenhouse gas emissions reporting and learn about other measures we've implemented on campus.

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Follow us on Instagram to learn more about our initiatives and how you can get involved.



We're hiring interns 

VCU Sustainability will offer paid internship opportunities for students interested in contributing to sustainability initiatives at the university. Visit the student internships page to find out about available positions and how to apply.